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Reba McEntire has a message for fans that have been praying for and sending well wishes to her father, Clark McEntire, who suffered a stroke last week and is in a comatose state in a Tulsa, Okla., hospital. “Please tell them how much I appreciate that and Mama does too,” Reba tells Country Weekly. "We couldn't get by without them."
As previously reported , Reba was not present at the press conference held Tuesday (March 1) to announce that she is being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Bobby Braddock and Jean Shepard. She and husband Narvel Blackstock were in Tulsa with her family.
Reba was able to tell her father that she’d be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame two days before he went into a coma. "I said, 'Daddy, I’m going to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.' He leaned forward and said, 'What did you say?' I said, 'I’m being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame,'" Reba says.
"All the things that you get to do, the awards and accolades you receive, are sweet, but they’re so much sweeter when you share them with the people you love and the people who have supported you throughout your whole life and career. When I got my star in the Country Music Hall of Fame when it was over on Music Row, Mama and Daddy were there; first time I got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry, Mama and Daddy were there. They were there with me every step of the way."
She realizes her father may not be with her when she's inducted into the Hall of Fame. "Daddy might not be there, but he'll be there in spirit," says Reba. "Mama's gonna be there. She already said, 'Save me a seat, I'll be there.'"
Reba received an e-mail from Hall of Famer Barbara Mandrell, who went through a similar situation when she was inducted. Her father, Irby Mandrell, was present at the press conference announcing her induction in 2009, but died before she was actually inducted. "She said, 'I know what you’re going through,'" Reba says of the correspondence with Barbara, "and I said, 'You better than anybody.'"